Go ahead! Reach in there and pull off a piece of this Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread!
$67,619. That’s how much mom’s would make if they got paid for their work. That’s pretty legit! And most mom’s (Laura included) are working mothers…meaning they’ve got a day job and a night job. In Laura’s case, that means spending the day inventing cool things with metal alloys and then changing poopy diapers at night. (I gotta keep it real. And that’s real.) Of course, I do my best to share the workload that comes with raising a kid, but sometimes Robbie just wants his Mom to do it! Then he comes over to Dad when he wants to rough-house or needs a snack. Hah!
That “study” that came up with a salary of $67,619 is rather suspect. I mean some of the line items include being a Private Detective (to find out what kids are up to) at an hourly rate of $22.60 and being a Designer (for fixing up the house) at $23.05 a clip. And then they’re considering adding a Judge (to mediate family disputes) to the list for next year at $39 per hour. This study is purely unscientific, but it is still fun to consider all of the various things moms do each day.
For the record, I absolutely think that all of you moms out there are absolutely worth every single penny! No questions asked. For example, we had a terrible middle-of-the-night thunderstorm here a couple of weeks back. Robbie woke up crying and wanted Laura to hold him. She gladly sat with him for an hour even though she had to get up for an important meeting at work the next day. (Isn’t that how it always works with stuff like this??) I have no idea what that’s worth in terms of a study, but I know Robbie considered it priceless.
Turning our attention to today’s recipe, this Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread is legit. As in, you might just eat it all before you realize it. There’s something just fun about pull-apart breads. I’ve made a savory version with this Pepperoni Pull Apart Bread, and then I did a classic Monkey Bread last winter. But seeing that we’re in the midst of pumpkin spice mania, I figured a Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread needed to happen.
I love pulling off little bits of this bread and just popping ’em into my mouth. You can be all neat and use a fork to eat the slices (think french toast), or you can just get in there and get your hands dirty! Pull-apart breads are just perfect for serving when you have company in town or friends over visiting. (Partly because that keeps you from eating the whole loaf by yourself!) Pulling off bites of pumpkin spice deliciousness while chatting with family and friends is perfect for a chilly Autumn day! So brew up some tea or coffee, bake up a loaf of this Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread, invite some friends over and just relax. Old Man Winter is coming, so enjoy the season!
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the annual salary for being a Dad clocks in at $24,738. The difference is the study estimates that Moms do 148 hours of work around the house each week while Dads cover 51.5 hours a week. But that’s assuming that you have a “traditional” household. Our household is definitely not traditional. I mean I spent the day yesterday taking pictures of Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread. Now I wonder what the salary is for ‘eating Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread’? I hope it’s a lot! Enjoy, my friends!
Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread
For the Dough
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2¼ tsp active dry yeast i.e. one ¼-oz. package
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup whole milk warm but not hot
- ½ cup canned pumpkin
- ¼ cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
For the Filling
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- ½ cup canned pumpkin
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice see note
For the Glaze
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 Tbsp milk
For the Dough
- Using a countertop mixer, add flour, yeast, sugar and salt; stir until well combined.
- Add milk, pumpkin, butter, egg and additional egg yolk; mix on low speed until well combined. Increase speed to medium, and mix for 3-4 minutes or until a smooth dough forms.
- Transfer dough into a large, greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (~60 minutes).
For the Filling
- Grease and flour a standard 9”x5” loaf pan; set aside.
- Make the filling by melting butter in a medium bowl. Mix melted butter with canned pumpkin until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
- Turn dough out onto lightly-floured countertop or cutting board. Roll into an 18”x12” rectangle. Brush top of dough with butter mixture and then sprinkle sugar mixture on top.
- Cut dough lengthwise into (6) 18”x2” pieces. Stack pieces on top of each other and then cut stack widthwise to create (6) 3”x2” pieces. Place stacks cut side up into pan. (See picture in post for example.)
- Cover pan with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for ~45 minutes, or until dough has risen almost 1” above the edge of the pan.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Bake at 350°F for 48-50 minutes, or until top of bread begins to turn golden brown.
- Let bread rest in pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto large serving plate. Let cool for 10 more minutes.
- In a medium bowl, make the Glaze by whisking together the melted butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and water. Pour Glaze over top of bread before serving.